Quick! You've just been invited to a secret Comic Con and need to bust out your best cosplay. What do you choose?
I call dibs on Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because I still have his incredible mask that I made out of a bike helmet, cardboard, duct tape and silver spray paint. I doubt you will fight me too hard for that one!
Face it, cosplay is always awesome. It allows us to wear our fandom with pride, become a part of the story and imagine ourselves as someone new in a new place. The creativity and imagination of cosplayers sets us apart from everyone else.
These books all feature characters who know just how awesomely talented cosplayers are.
Cecil Castellucci's Don't Cosplay With My Heart tells the story of Edan, who, while cosplaying as Gargantua, tries to find the strength to take back a personal life spiraling out of control.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia is all about fandom devotion, like cosplaying and getting a tattoo of your favorite comic book quote. It's a geeky and funny story about the teenage author of an insanely popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea.
Geekerella is Ashley Poston's super-creative retelling of Cinderella, telling the story of 17-year-old Ell's infatuation with a sci-fi show called Starfield.
What are your favorite examples of cosplay in books, TV, movies or real life?